There’s nothing like a summer rooftop concert. We’re all trapped inside all day in our intensely air conditioned offices, sometimes not even facing a window to the outside world. Just being outside in general is freeing – even if it is a sweatbox. But the other night, on Elsewhere’s rooftop, drinks were flowing, the music was playing and the vibe was just right – not to mention the two amazing bands that captivated everyone’s attention.
Brooklyn-based avant-garde pop band, Arthur Moon, opened the show that night, showcasing some of the music that would be on their upcoming full-length album. The band is getting a lot of attention as of late and rightfully so! Just recently, Billboard premiered the music video for their latest single, “Reverse Conversion Therapy,” a beautifully disjointed but rhythmically soothing song that ends in a round of harmonized vocal staccato that makes your heart flutter. Arthur Moon closed out their set as the sun lowered in the sky behind them creating a magical orange glow on everyone’s faces.
Closing the show that night was grunge/indie rock band Palehound. Their sound is gritty but with a soft heart. The way the band can go from the comforting sound of lead vocalist Ellen Kempner’s voice circling into the clouds, to rocking out to the point their hair is whipping is pure talent. Their latest release, Black Friday, is a dreamy explanation of reality with smart lyrics.
Kempner said that this crowd was the biggest crowd they’ve played in front of in all of their years playing NYC. The band is too humble about how great they are – they’re going on tour with Big Thief in the fall for crying out loud! During their set, the power went out on stage for a bit but the band held their own, telling jokes and conversing with the crowd. Once the technical issue was fixed, the band when on to play the next song on their setlist, which was appropriately “Bullshit,” and the concert resumed – audience members swaying, drinks in hand, letting the music move them and breathing in that fresh outside air.
Article: Merissa Blitz